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Reviewed October 3, 2017

Kiboko Lodge really is amazing and inspiring. Firstly it is a great place to stay. The previous reviewer, who also thought Kiboko was great, commented that it's not 'high end luxury' which I suppose it maybe is not when you consider that the high end luxury market in Tanzania comprises the 1000 to 3000 USD per night luxury safari camps for fly-in wealthy tourists. But my partner and I (we're living in Tanzania for a year) have not shyed away from treating ourselves and have been to some really nice places and we consider Kiboko about the best in terms of comfort and value. The cottages are very well designed (not common even amongst expensive places) and these are the best beds I have slept in while out here, with a positively luxurious feel (excellent matresses, top quality linen, feather down everywhere - again extremely uncommon in Africa!). There's a wonderful dining room/ lounge area that leads onto an outdoor terrace with a view of Meru. Large log fire, beautiful wooden furniture, bookshelves and decoration that creates a superb, cosy, Tanzanian atmosphere. At the dinner tables they place individual stands with hanging pots containing coals next to each person so that everyone can easily warm themselves if the evening is a bit chilly. I include this only as an example of the level of detail and attention as there are so many things I could write about. The grounds are lovely and on a clear day you can even see Kili in the far distance as well as Meru. If you're a bird lover you will be in paradise during the excellent breakfast which is served next to the marsh area, and you might even find Kiboko is paying a visit! The lodge is 4 km off the main road along little country, bumpy tracks and hence the safari companies don't seem to visit as they prefer to stick to the hotels along the main road to Arusha NP. This is their loss, although a great advantage for anyone that stays at Kiboko and it is very much worth driving the extra 4 kms for the sense of peace and isolation and beautiful countryside that Kiboko affords.
Kiboko Lodge is run to help support the Watoto Foundation. WF helps street children in Arusha get off the streets and then trains them in various skills before helping them find jobs. Given the very high levels of unemployment in tanzania, the WF gives these children a chance they would never otherwise encounter. From what I have gathered during my stays at Kiboko, there is a team of counsellors/advisors/mentors who go out onto the streets and provide support to these children. When the children/teenagers decide they are ready to try and leave the streets behind and want to work, then they can start at the WF where they receive training and education in various skills and crafts designed to help them enter the job market. Not only does Kiboko Lodge help fund the WF, it also employs some of the previous year's WF graduates, giving them their first work experience. If the idea of being served by previous street children remotely worries you, then please don't think about it a second further. These guys were absolutely great! Amazingly warm and friendly service, much better than in most places! The WF is clearly doing a fantastic job. Frank, the manager, is also great and will go out of his way to help you with anything and is also happy to explain in detail about the work of WF.
If you're visiting this area, then Kiboko Lodge is definitely the one to go to.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2017

Kiboko Lodge is run by ex-street kids. If this inspires you to stay, great, you won't be disappointed. If this concerns you, then still go, it will change your pre-conceptions and you'll have a great stay. The guys are professional, friendly, speak perfect English and are very helpful. The manager Frank is among the best lodge managers I've met - hard-working, great company and always on hand to help. The lodge is set in a beautiful spot with great views to Mt. Meru, and plenty of fabulous relaxing spots for that end of day beer. Whilst it's not high-end luxury (hot water only at specific times, electricity for charging digital devices only at specific times), it's comfortable, relaxing, a great place to stay, and supporting a very worthwhile cause.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Richard L
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Frank R, Manager at Kiboko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Dear Richard,

Thanks so much for your comment about your stay at Kiboko Lodge. We are happy that you liked the services from our former students of Watoto Foundation in Makumira. It is true that Kiboko Lodge is well located in the community of Ngurdoto village and in a beautiful environment with a fantastic view to Mount Meru one of the highest mountain in Africa

Your visit is their future!

Frank and his team

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

My husband and I live in Arusha. This was our fifth time to Kiboko Lodge. This time we had the privilege to meet WF Founder Noud van Hout. As always we were warmly welcomed back by the staff. We are so very proud of these fine young men. Again we say thank you all very much! We believe in you!

Room Tip: Simba House is very private and offers a good view of the pond area.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Frank R, Manager at Kiboko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Dear Joann,

Very good to read that you took the time to write about your stay at our "bird's paradise" Kiboko Lodge and that you appreciate our services. It is indeed very special to have you for the fifth time at Kiboko Lodge where we are offering our guests an experience they never forget! The Director of Watoto Foundation (Noud Van Hout) was indeed very happy to meet you.

Karibuni tena

Frank and his team

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

After a long drive we arrived in Kiboko's beautiful lodge. It were 3 beautiful days. We visited the village, cooked with the people, visited the watoto project and connect with amazing people SIlas and Cosmas. Fantastic!
The whole staff was extremely friendly and really did everything to make us feel as good as possible.
An absolute must! Karlijn and Joost

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Joost C
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Frank R, Manager at Kiboko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Dear Karlijn, dear Joost,

Thank you so much for the positive review, we always try to make our guests as happy as possible with good service, being friendly and serving good food. Please inform your friends about our Lodge which has a truly African setting style in the local environment. We hope you come back again, Karibu tena......

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

It is so inspiring to stay at Kiboko Lodge, knowing that all the men working here are ex street boys and doing a FANTASTIC job. The service is great, the friendliness, they speak excellent english, Frank the manager is very professional and will take you to the Watoto Foundation Project, where the ex street boys get scholing and vocational training. The play sports, music and even practice yoga! This project is every support worth it.
And you have a relaxing true african experience.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Monika F
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Frank R, Manager at Kiboko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Dear Monika,

Thanks for your nice review and good to hear that you appreciate also the visit of our main Foundation center in Makumira, where our students get 4 years education also for the hospitality Industry. It is true that we aim to offer a relaxing Africa experience to all our guests!

Greetings,
Frank and his team

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